Today is “Giving Tuesday”

A Little About “Giving Tuesday”

 

Entering its seventh year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources.

Created by the team at the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at the 92nd Street Y—a cultural center in New York City that, since 1874, has been bringing people together around the values of service and giving back—#GivingTuesday connects diverse groups of individuals, communities and organizations around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving. A team of influencers and founding partners joined forces, collaborating across sectors, offering expertise and working tirelessly, to launch #GivingTuesday and have continued to shape, grow and strengthen the movement.

The Big Ideas Behind #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities; it provides a platform for them to encourage the donation of time, resources and talents to address local challenges. It also brings together the collective power of a unique blend of partners— nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses and corporations, as well as families and individuals—to encourage and amplify small acts of kindness.

As a global movement, #GivingTuesday unites countries around the world by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another.

 

Don’t have a favorite non-profit you would like to donate too, then I would like to suggest one, ASPCA(American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). You can make a difference for animals this holiday season with a monthly gift. The ASPCA Guardians are a group of dedicated friends like you who make monthly gifts that provide a consistent, reliable income stream, allowing us to focus more resources on our lifesaving programs, and less on raising the necessary funds. Members like it because it’s easy to budget and it feels great to be making a difference for animals every month of the year.

If you would like to help this great non-profit out and support all the work they do to save mistreated and homeless animals, then just click the banner below and you will be taken directly to their site.

Thank you!

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Today’s Extra For November 27: 5 Ways Sitting Too Much Can Harm Your Health

5 Ways Sitting Too Much Can Harm Your Health

Are you sitting down? You might want to stand.

Experts long have warned that able-bodied people are sitting too much. And that can have some serious consequences for your health. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently issued new physical activity guidelines, advising people to sit less throughout the day. So why should you stand up and get moving? Here are five ways sitting can harm your health — as well as some tips to add more activity into your life.

1. YOUR MUSCLES GET WEAK AND STIFF

Use them, or lose them — your muscles, that is. Sitting all day might result in muscle stiffness and weakness in your lower body. And this can even lead to pain, numbness and something called “dead butt syndrome.”

“Constant sitting weakens the gluteus medius, one of the three primary muscles in the buttock,” according to Cleveland Clinic. “It also tightens the hip flexors.” The gluteus medius stabilizes your hips and pelvis. And weakness can cause hip and lower back pain, as well as nerve compression. Cleveland Clinic recommends standing for at least 20 minutes per hour to help prevent this problem.

2. YOUR SPINE HEALTH SUFFERS

If you’re not sitting with perfect posture, you’re at a higher risk of aches, pains and degeneration in your spine. “Sitting for prolonged periods of time can be a major cause of back pain, cause increased stress of the back, neck, arms and legs and can add a tremendous amount of pressure to the back muscles and spinal discs,” the UCLA Spine Center says. “Additionally, sitting in a slouched position can overstretch the spinal ligaments and strain the spinal discs.”

For instance, if you work on a computer and your monitor isn’t at the correct height, you can put an incredible strain on your neck. “When your neck is bent to 45 degrees, your head exerts nearly 50 pounds (23 kilograms) of force on your neck,” according to Mayo Clinic. “In addition to straining joints and muscles in your neck and shoulders, the pressure affects your breathing and mood.” So it’s important to constantly check in with your posture and stretch your spine as often as you can.

3. SITTING MIGHT LEAD TO MEMORY LOSS

A recent study from UCLA researchers found sedentary behavior might influence brain health. The study’s 35 participants reported their activity levels, as well as how many hours they sat per day. Then, they received MRI scans of their brains.

The researchers found regardless of physical activity, the people who sat the most showed thinning in the part of the brain that’s involved in memory formation. But because this was a preliminary study, further research still must be done to explore these results.

4. YOU’RE AT A GREATER RISK OF MANY DISEASES

There are many health conditions that studies have associated with prolonged sitting. “They include obesity and a cluster of conditions — increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels — that make up metabolic syndrome,” according to Mayo Clinic.

You’re also at a higher risk of certain cancers and cardiovascular disease. In fact, one study found people who sit a lot have a 147 percent higher risk of experiencing a cardiovascular event — e.g., a heart attack, stroke, etc. Plus, prolonged sitting can lead to dangerous blood clots forming in your legs.

5. SITTING MIGHT SHORTEN YOUR LIFE

You might be knocking some time off your life if you stay seated. One study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found “sitting for more than three hours per day is responsible for 3.8% of all-cause mortality deaths.” And the researchers estimated that sitting for fewer than three hours per day would increase a person’s life expectancy by an average 0.2 years. If you can’t cut your sitting by that much, the study fortunately found even a 10 percent reduction in sedentary time lowered death rates.

Another study on older women found those who reported the most sedentary time had a higher risk of dying from any cause. And that was true even for participants who exercised regularly if most of their other hours were spent sitting. So getting consistent activity throughout your day is key to reducing that risk.

HOW TO ADD MORE MOVEMENT INTO YOUR LIFE

t can be extremely difficult to break a sitting habit. Office jobs, health conditions and many other factors make it all too easy to sit too much. But if you’re able to add more movement into your life, you should.

Harvard Medical School offers a few tips to reduce your sedentary hours.

  • Move every 30 minutes. Set an alarm, use an activity tracker or partner with a friend to move more. Do whatever you need to avoid sinking into your chair, losing track of time and realizing you haven’t moved all day.
  • Pace during phone calls. Even taking a few steps back and forth is better than remaining seated. And if you can, hold walking meetings with friends and colleagues instead of sitting at a table.
  • Don’t binge-watch TV. Use those commercial breaks (or the pause button) to your advantage. Get up to grab some water, do a quick chore or simply stretch. If you’re really feeling ambitious, take those minutes to do a few exercises, such as squats or lunges.
  • Walk wherever you can. If a destination is within walking distance, get out and pound the pavement. Or park as far from an entrance as possible to get in some more steps. Plus, take the stairs whenever you can. And for extra motivation, use a fitness tracker to log your daily steps.

Every step counts toward your health. And when you do finally take a seat, make yourself comfortable. You’ve earned it.

 

Source: Care2

The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Nov. 27: PET FOOD RECIPES

 

PET FOOD RECIPE: DOGGIE MEATLOAF

Cathi Bonadio

This is a user-submitted pet food recipe and has not been tested. Please check your pet’s dietary and nutritional requirements with a veterinarian before using this recipe.

This recipe is very economical and very healthy for our dogs. I always know what’s in the food they eat and there are no chemicals. I began making this when there were recalls of dog food and I was concerned for my dog’s health. Many friends have asked for my recipe. My two older dogs have outlived the average lifespan for their breeds by 5 years so far. Our vet is astounded. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

5lb roll ground beef (may substitute or mix ground chicken also)
3 eggs
½ cup brown rice – cooked or uncooked
2 cups green beans – fresh or frozen
4-5 chopped or ground carrots or sweet potatoes – fresh, frozen or canned
3-4 cups beef or chicken broth
1 large can chopped tomatoes
6-8 peeled and cooked potatoes (potato skins aren’t good for dogs). May substitute dry instant potato flakes (about 2 cups).
¼ cup wheat germ
½ cup oats

In the largest bowl you own, mix all together. Wear gloves and include the kids – this is fun and messy! It’s a little easier to mix it all if the vegetables are ground in a food processor first. You can add some cooked or uncooked pasta, chicken pulled from the bones, other vegetables, even some stale crackers if you like. My dogs love just a little cheese too.

Mix until it’s the consistency of regular meatloaf adding more broth or water as necessary. Some batches require more liquid if they have pasta or more rice and such in them. Spread in the largest pan you have. I use my lasagna pan. Bake at 375°F for about 40-50 minutes. It will smell delicious. My dogs sit and stare at the oven when I make it.

Cool and serve or cut into squares and refrigerate or freeze. This is a large batch and freezes well for smaller dogs. Larger dogs get a larger square. I have one large dog, one medium dog and one small dog. All three take about 2 weeks to eat the entire pan.

 

PET FOOD RECIPE: DOG FOOD

Amy T.

This is a user-submitted pet food recipe and has not been tested. Please check your pet’s dietary and nutritional requirements with a veterinarian before using this recipe.

Ingredients:

3 lbs Hamburger
2 large sweet potatoes
2 large white baking potaoes
1 bag of frozen peas
1 bag of frozen carrots
1 bag of frozen green beans
6 oz whole wheat pasta
1 cup cooked oatmeal or cooked barley
½ bag of mixed soup beans (various mixed beans, walmart has a 15 bean mix that I like)
6-8 hard boiled eggs
32 oz chicken broth (unsalted or low sodium)
1 3.2 oz package powdered dry milk
Beef flavored daily doggie vitamin (powder is what I use)

Soak beans the night before in hot water. Cook hambuger (do not drain). Cook frozen vegtables, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, pasta and beans and add to hambuger. Mix powdered milk with the chicken broth and stir into hambuger mixture. Add daily doggie vitamin appropriate for your size dog to each meal. I freeze meals in a 2 ½ cup glad ware bowls. I have dry food available for my dog at all times but I feed 1 2 ½ cup dinner of this recipe each evening. I am feeding a Mastiff and this recipe makes about 12 2 ½ cup servings for a 170 lb dog. You may only need a ½ cup or 1 cup depending on your dogs size if that the case 1 recipe will last alot longer then 2 weeks. This freezes well.

 

PET FOOD RECIPE: BEEF, BARLEY AND VEGGIES

Anita

This is a user-submitted recipe and has not been tested. Please check your pet’s dietary and nutritional requirements with a Veterinarian before using this recipe.

Ingredients:

10 cups of uncooked pot barley
A bag of frozen mixed veggies, or equivelant (in summer we use carrots, beans etc. out of our garden)
2 eggs
1kg ground beef, lamb or chicken

Cook pot barley in large soup pot for about 40 minutes adding water if needed.
Cook meat and veggies in a large pot, this will be half the size of the barley.
Process the meat and veggie with a hand mixer to incorporate all the meat and veggies together.
Mix the barley and meat mixture together.

This will make about 30 cups.

 

PET FOOD RECIPE: DOG COOKIES

Louise Bennett

This is a user-submitted pet food recipe and has not been tested. Please check your pet’s dietary and nutritional requirements with a veterinarian before using this recipe.

Ingredients:

½ jar wheat germ
1 jar sweet potato baby food
1 jar turkey baby food
about ⅓ cup of local honey

Combine all ingredients and press into a pie tin. Bake at 350 until very firm to crisp – based on personal preference. Break cookie into pieces to feed to dog.

 

PET FOOD RECIPE: CHEESE DOGGY BISCUITS

Jeanne Lampman

This is a user-submitted pet food recipe and has not been tested. Please check your pet’s dietary and nutritional requirements with a veterinarian before using this recipe.

Ingredients:

3 Cups (750 ml) whole wheat flour
½ Cup (125) vegetable oil
1 Cup (250 ml) shredded cheese
1 egg, beaten
1 Cup (250 ml) Milk

Mix well, Roll out mixture and cut into various shapes.

Bake 25 minutes at 400 degrees.

Your doggie will love these.

 

Source: The Old Farmer’s Almanac

The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Nov. 27: FIND THE RIGHT PUPPY FOR YOU

 

FIND THE RIGHT PUPPY FOR YOU

Did you know that there are over 300 breeds of dogs? And that isn’t even including the mutts! To find out whether a certain breed is right for you, it’s important to approach the breeder armed with a list of questions. Here are some of the questions you might want to ask when you’re looking for a puppy.

HOW BRIGHT IS THIS BREED?

  • The more intelligent the dog, the easier he/she will be to train.
  • Working and herding dogs such as collies and shepherds tend to be the most intelligent because their job is to work with people. They may have been bred to take orders, make decisions, and solve problems. It’s no accident that many Hollywood dogs are Border collies or Australian shepherds.

IS THIS THE NERVOUS TYPE?

  • Such breeds aren’t good for older folks or children.
  • Nervous breeds of dogs are more apt to bite when startled or to bark all day.
  • They develop nervous habits-such as chewing or scratching on furniture, or when they get bored.
  • Certain terriers and show dogs are considered high-strung because they have been bred for looks, not personality.

WHAT’S LIKELY TO AIL THIS DOG?

  •  Some breeds are very susceptible to respiratory disorders or hip dysplasia. Others have poor eyesight or are prone to certain diseases.
  • Any of these problems will shorten the life of you pet and perhaps cost you thousands of dollars in veterinary bills.

IS SHE CHATTY?

  • It’s natural for dogs to bark. They do so to protect their territory and when they are feeling playful.
  • Some dogs, such as terriers and certain hounds, bark more often than other breeds. They’re exuberant and loyal, but you’ll always know when they’re around. This makes them better dogs for homeowners than apartment dwellers.

Remember: A puppy has to reach a certain maturity before it can be safely separated from its mother. A puppy should be at least ten weeks old when separated or else it will have a greater chance of being small, antisocial, and prone to illness.

 

Source: The Old Farmer’s Almanac

The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Nov. 27: PET ZODIAC SIGNS

 

PET ZODIAC SIGNS

BEST PET CHOICES ACCORDING TO ZODIAC SIGNS
Celeste Longacre
Here are your pet’s Zodiac signs and traits. It’s fun to see if your pet’s sign rings true. Perhaps it will even give you some insights into your pet’s behavior or the best choice for a new dog or cat.

CAPRICORN

December 22–January 19

Capricorn is the third and final earth sign of the astrological year; it represents the pinnacle of civilization. These pets are disciplined, dedicated, and hardworking. Pets born under this sign thrive on work such as herding and throw themselves into it with much gusto and resolve. Generally easy to train, they want something to do.

AQUARIUS

January 20–February 19

Aquarius is the third and final air sign of the astrological year. Pets born under this sign are inventive, freedom-oriented, and eccentric; they have a need to be different. These pets definitely have a will of their own, like to roam, and may or may not listen to you. There is intelligence there as well.

PISCES

February 20–March 20

Pisces is the third and final water sign of the astrological year. Sympathetic, compassionate, understanding, and gentle, pets born under this sign are sensitive to their environment and should be trained with a light touch. They also feel more secure if they have their own “spot” (pillow, bed, perch, or rug). They are loyal and very sensitive to their owner’s moods. Once they befriend someone, it’s for life.  Pisces animals are also more curious that most, so keep an eye on them to avoid accidents!

ARIES

March 21–April 20

Aries is the first of the fire signs; it represents the springtime of the zodiac—time for life’s budding renewal. Thus, pets born during this period are full of vim and vigor, anxious to be out and about exploring their world. You can count on these pets to be headstrong, pushy, curious, impulsive, and energetic. Aries pets have leadership traits and will let you know what they want. They may even be in charge! Even if there are training challenge, they are also very loyal to their family.

TAURUS

April 21–May 20

Taurus is the first of the earth signs; it represents the planting of the seed. Taurus pet personalities are stalwart, earthy, practical, and stubborn. Pets born under this sign are generally strong and fond of comfort (like the most comfortable place to lay down!), love food and snacks, and like things to stay the same.  While Taurus pets may be determined, they are also very protective and like to keep an eye towards the safety of their home and family.

GEMINI

May 21–June 20

Gemini is the first of the air signs; it represents the breezes that prepare us for a new season. Pets born under this sign love diversity, are always moving about, and are intelligent and fun-loving. Curious about everything, they are also friendly and playful, and love to have toys.

CANCER

June 21–July 22

Cancer is the first of the water signs, representing the realm of the emotions. Cancer pets are sensitive, extremely loyal to home and family, caring, and fond of food. These animals tend to attach themselves firmly to you and will guard and protect you faithfully.

LEO

July 23–August 22

Leo is the second fire sign: strong, magnanimous, and playful. Leo pets want to lead, have lots of energy, and—like their totem, the lion—have their “pride.” They also possess natural abilities, can not be told what to do, are fiercely protective of their dens, and like to be noticed.

VIRGO

August 23–September 22

Virgo is the second earth sign, representing the harvest of the planted seed. These pets like to accomplish things. Pets born during this time are easy to train, intelligent, discerning, capable, and quick to housebreak. Also, they like to be groomed.

LIBRA

September 23–October 22

Libra is the second air sign. Libran pets have a constant need to be relating—with their environment, with other animals, with people. Pets born under this sign go to great lengths to please you. They also follow you around and prefer to sleep near you.

SCORPIO

October 23–November 22

Scorpio is the second water sign; this sign rules the will. Scorpios are by far the strongest members of the zodiac. Pets born under this sign are willful, stubborn, and intelligent. They are also mischievous and have an insatiable curiosity.

SAGITTARIUS

November 23–December 21

Sagittarius is the third and final fire sign; those born under this sign are the seekers of freedom and adventure. Sagittarian pets have lots of energy and enjoy challenges. They also like to move around—and not just in the backyard, either. As they love action, these pets want you to take them with you when you go hiking or biking.

 

Source: The Old Farmer’s Almanac

Moon Calendar for November 27th

Moon Calendar for November 27, 2018

Current Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous

Moon is Currently in the Zodiac Sign of Leo

About the Moon in Leo:

You feel safe in moments when you can impress others and get praise and admiration. Yet, when you get into the spotlight, you may find yourself at a loss. Maybe you should admit your fear of criticism and your inability to accept criticism. It is very important to accept feedback and use it for improvement.

Organs influenced by Leo Moon Sign:

Organs: Heart, aorta, blood circulation, blood pressure, heart rate.

These organs are now more sensitive so provide them with extra care.

Surgical operations:

Surgical operations are recommended during the Waning Moon.
However, avoid surgeries of organs under the influence of the Moon Sign.

Today’s Holidays Around The World for Nov. 27: Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month

November

In 1914 Red Fox James of the Blackfeet tribe rode a pony 4,000 miles to present his request—endorsed by the governors of 24 states—that a day be set aside in honor of American Indians, or Native Americans, a name many prefer. The first general American Indian Day was observed on the second Saturday in May 1916, but throughout the 20th century, the observance and its date were left to the individual states, and they have varied widely. Since 1995 the month of November has been observed as American Indian Heritage Month.

Few would argue that the plight of American Indians today is not a grim one, with unemployment, illiteracy, and high school drop-out rates among the highest in the country. Although the largest Indian populations can be found in Oklahoma, Arizona, California, New Mexico, and North Carolina, many other states have come up with ways to draw attention to their unique contribution to American culture and to the need for improving their condition. Most celebrations focus on educational and promotional events, displays of Native American art and dance, and agricultural fairs.

CONTACTS:
Indian Health Service Heritage Committee
801 Thompson Ave., Ste. 400
Rockville, MD 20852
301-443-7261; fax: 301-480-3192
http://www.ihs.gov
SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, pp. 164, 181
BkFest-1937, p. 204

This Day In History for Nov. 27: The Great Storm of 1703

The Great Storm of 1703: First Eddystone Lighthouse Is Destroyed

The Great Storm of 1703 was a destructive extratropical cyclone that struck central and southern England on 26 November 1703 (7 December 1703 in the Gregorian calendar in use today). High winds caused 2,000 chimney stacks to collapse in London and damaged the New Forest, which lost 4,000 oaks. Ships were blown hundreds of miles off-course, and over 1,000 seamen died on the Goodwin Sands alone. News bulletins of casualties and damage were sold all over England – a novelty at that time. The Church of England declared that the storm was God’s vengeance for the sins of the nation. Daniel Defoe thought it was a divine punishment for poor performance against Catholic armies in the War of the Spanish Succession.

Severity

Contemporary observers recorded barometric readings as low as 973 millibars (measured by William Derham in south Essex),[1] but it has been suggested that the storm deepened to 950 millibars over the Midlands.[2]

Retrospective analysis conjectures that the storm was consistent with a Category 2 hurricane.[3]

Damage

In London alone, approximately 2,000 massive chimney stacks were blown down. The lead roofing was blown off Westminster Abbey and Queen Anne had to shelter in a cellar at St James’s Palace to avoid collapsing chimneys and part of the roof. On the Thames, some 700 ships were heaped together in the Pool of London, the section downstream from London Bridge. HMS Vanguard was wrecked at Chatham. Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell’s HMS Association was blown from Harwich to Gothenburg in Sweden before way could be made back to England.[4] Pinnacles were blown from the top of King’s College Chapel, in Cambridge.[5]

There was extensive and prolonged flooding in the West Country, particularly around Bristol. Hundreds of people drowned in flooding on the Somerset Levels, along with thousands of sheep and cattle, and one ship was found 15 miles (24 km) inland.[6] Approximately 400 windmills were destroyed, with the wind driving their wooden gears so fast that some burst into flames.[7] At Wells, Bishop Richard Kidder and his wife were killed when two chimneystacks in the palace fell on them, asleep in bed.[5] This same storm blew in part of the great west window in Wells Cathedral. Major damage occurred to the southwest tower of Llandaff Cathedral at Cardiff in Wales.

At sea, many ships were wrecked, some of which were returning from helping Archduke Charles, the claimed King of Spain, fight the French in the War of the Spanish Succession. These ships included HMS Stirling Castle, HMS Northumberland, HMS Mary and HMS Restoration, with about 1,500 seamen killed particularly on the Goodwin Sands. Between 8,000 and 15,000 lives were lost overall.

The first Eddystone Lighthouse off Plymouth was destroyed[5] on 27 November 1703 (Old Style), killing six occupants, including its builder Henry Winstanley. (John Rudyard was later contracted to build the second lighthouse on the site.) A ship torn from its moorings in the Helford River in Cornwall was blown for 200 miles (320 km) before grounding eight hours later on the Isle of Wight.[5] The number of oak trees lost in the New Forest alone was 4,000.

The storm of 1703 caught a convoy of 130 merchant ships sheltering at Milford Haven, along with their man of war escorts DolphinCumberlandCoventryLooeHastings and Hector. By 3:00pm the next afternoon, losses included 30 vessels.[8]

Reaction

The storm was unprecedented in ferocity and duration and was generally reckoned by witnesses to represent the anger of God, in recognition of the “crying sins of this nation”. The government declared 19 January 1704 a day of fasting, saying that it “loudly calls for the deepest and most solemn humiliation of our people”. It remained a frequent topic of moralising in sermons well into the 19th century.[9]

Literary

The Great Storm also coincided with the increase in English journalism, and was the first weather event to be a news story on a national scale. Special issue broadsheets were produced detailing damage to property and stories of people who had been killed.

Daniel Defoe produced his full-length book The Storm (July 1704) in response to the calamity, calling it “the tempest that destroyed woods and forests all over England”. He wrote: “No pen could describe it, nor tongue express it, nor thought conceive it unless by one in the extremity of it.” Coastal towns such as Portsmouth “looked as if the enemy had sackt them and were most miserably torn to pieces”. Winds of up to 80 miles per hour (130 km/h) destroyed more than 400 windmills.[10] Defoe reported that the sails in some turned so fast that the friction caused the wooden wheels to overheat and catch fire.[11] He thought that the destruction of the sovereign fleet was a punishment for their poor performance against the Catholic armies of France and Spain during the first year of the War of the Spanish Succession.[12]

Naval losses

In the English Channel, fierce winds and high seas swamped some vessels outright and drove others onto the Goodwin Sands, an extensive sand bank off the southeast coast of England and the traditional anchorage for ships waiting either for passage up the Thames Estuary to London or for favourable winds to take them out into the Channel and the Atlantic Ocean.[13] The Royal Navy was badly affected, losing thirteen ships including the entire Channel Squadron,[13] and upwards of 1,500 seamen drowned.[14]

  • The third-rate HMS Restoration was wrecked on the Goodwin Sands; of the ship’s company of 387 not one was saved.
  • The third-rate HMS Northumberland was lost on the Goodwin Sands; all 220 men, including 24 marines were killed.
  • The third-rate (battleship)[13] HMS Stirling Castle was wrecked on the Goodwin Sands. Seventy men, including four marine officers, were saved, but 206 men were drowned.
  • The fourth-rate HMS Mary was wrecked on the Goodwin Sands. The captain and the purser were ashore, but Rear Admiral Beaumont and 268 other men were drowned. Only one man, Thomas Atkins, was saved. His escape was remarkable – having first seen the rear admiral get onto a piece of her quarter-deck when the ship was breaking up, and then get washed off again, Atkins was tossed by a wave into the Stirling Castle, which sank soon after. From the Stirling Castle he was swept into a boat by a wave, and was rescued.[15]
  • The fifth-rate Mortar-bomb was wrecked on the Goodwin Sands and her entire company of 65 lost.
  • The sixth-rate advice boat Eagle was lost on the coast of Sussex, but her ship’s company of 45 were all saved.
  • The third-rate Resolution was lost at Pevensey on the coast of Sussex; all her ship’s company of 221 were saved.
  • The fifth-rate Litchfield Prize was wrecked on the coast of Sussex; all 108 on board were saved.
  • The fourth-rate Newcastle was lost at Spithead. The carpenter and 39 men were saved, and the other 193 were drowned.
  • The fifth-rate fire-ship Vesuvius was lost at Spithead; all 48 of her ship’s company were saved.
  • The fourth-rate Reserve was lost by foundering off Yarmouth. The captain, the surgeon, the clerk and 44 men were saved; the other 175 members of the crew were drowned.[16]
  • The second-rate Vanguard was sunk in Chatham harbour. She was not manned and had no armament fitted; the following year she was raised for rebuilding.[17]
  • The fourth-rate York was lost at Harwich; all but four of her men were saved.

Lamb (1991) claimed 10,000 seamen were lost in one night, a far higher figure, about one third of the seamen in the Royal Navy.[18]. Daniel Defoe’s book The Storm suggests that the Royal Navy lost one fifth of its ships which would however indicate a much lower proportion of seamen were lost, as some wrecked sailors survived. Shrewsburynarrowly escaped a similar fate. More than 40 merchant ships were also lost.[19]

Notes

  1. Jump up^ Derham, William (1704–1705). “A Letter for the Reverend Mr William Derham, F. R. S. Containing His Observations concerning the Late Storm”. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. The Royal Society. 24 (289): 1530–1534. Bibcode:1704RSPT…24.1530Ddoi:10.1098/rstl.1704.0005JSTOR 102921.
  2. Jump up^ “Sturmhistorie” (PDF) (in German). AonBenfield. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  3. Jump up^ “December 1703 Windstorm” (PDF). Risk Management Solutions. Retrieved November 29, 2016.
  4. Jump up^ “A history of great British storms”the Guardian. 10 March 2008.
  5. Jump up to:a b c d Rennell, Tony (6 January 2012). “Think this week’s gales are bad? They’re nothing compared to the storm that drowned Britain”Mail Online.
  6. Jump up^ Moss, Stephen. Wild Hares and Hummingbirds. Square Peg. p. 32. ISBN 978-0224086721.
  7. Jump up^ http://decodedpast.com/uk-storms-great-storm-1703/5706
  8. Jump up^ Shipping Losses During Great Storm of 1703″, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales”.
  9. Jump up^ In Plumptre, E. H. (1888) The Life of Bishop Ken – quoted by Martin Brayne, The Greatest Storm, 2002 – it is stated that a ‘Storm’ sermon endowed by a Mr Taylor was still being preached at Little Wild Street Congregational Church, London well into the 19th century.
  10. Jump up^ The Great Storm”, Inside Out. BBC. 13 October 2003.
  11. Jump up^ Paul Brown (21 November 2010). “The Great Storm of 26 November 1703”the Guardian.
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  13. Jump up to:a b c The Great Storm Project”, Maritime Archaeological and Historical Society”.
  14. Jump up^ Wheeler, Dennis (2003). “The Great Storm of November 1703: A new look at the seamen’s records”. Weather58 (11): 419–427. Bibcode:2003Wthr…58..419Wdoi:10.1256/wea.83.03.
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Epic of Ishtar and Izdubar: Heabani, the Hermit Seer [Part 10]; Assyrian

Before a cave within the Gab-ri[1] wild,
A seer is resting on a rock; exiled
By his own will from all the haunts of men,
Beside a pool within a rocky glen
He sits; a turban rests upon his brow,
And meets the lengthened beard of whitest snow.
This morn an omen comes before his eyes,
And him disturbs with a wild eagle’s cries
That fierce attacks a fox before his cave;
For he of beasts is the most cunning knave;
In wait upon the ground the fox hath lain
To lure the bird, which flying deems him slain.
He fiercely seizes it, as swooping down,
The bird with its sly quarry would have flown;
But the “a-si”[2] quick seized it by the throat,
While the wide wings with frantic fury smote
The beast, and the sharp talons deeply tore
Its foe–both greedy for the other’s gore.

And lo! a voice from yonder sky resounds;
Heabani to his feet now quickly bounds,
And bowing, listens to the voice that comes
In gentleness; upon the winds it roams
From yon blue heights like sighing of the trees;
The seer in reverence upon his knees
Now holy bares his head in Samas’ rays,
While the soft voice to him thus gently says:
“A messenger, Heabani, soon shall come
With offers rich, to leave thy lonely home.
This eagle sought its food and found a snare,
The messenger will come from Izdubar,
To learn from thee the meaning of his dream
Which goddess Ishtar sent,–a snare for him.
Then to the messenger prove not a snare,
As yonder “a-si” doth the eagle tear.”

The seer in fury tore his beard of snow
And cried–“Alas! my days shall end in woe
Within these wilds my happiness is mine,
No other joys I seek, my god divine;
I would upon these rocks lie down to die,
Upon my back here sleep eternally.”
And Samas urging, to him thus replied:
“Heabani, hast thou not some manly pride?
And thinkest thou no joy thou here wilt lose?
The lovely Sam-kha-tu[3] the seer may choose.

Arrayed in trappings of divinity
And the insignia of royalty,
Heabani then in Erech shall be great,
And live in happiness and royal state;
And Izdubar shall hearken, and incline
His heart in warmest friendship, and recline
With thee upon a couch of luxury.
And seat thee on a throne of royalty,
On his left hand, a crown shall grace thy brow.
Kings of the earth shall to thee subject bow
And kiss thy feet, and Izdubar shall give
Thee wealth, and thou in luxury shalt live.
In silence Erech’s men shall bow to thee,
In royal raiment thou shalt happy be.”

Heabani listened to the words that came
From Samas, and his brow was lit with shame
To hear the god of war urge him to go
To earthly happiness–mayhap to woe;
But he within his cave now listless turns
When Samas ceased; then to his rock returns,
And seats himself with calmness on his brow;
His thoughts in happy memories now flow,
And he recalls the blissful days of yore
When he as seer lived on Euphrates’ shore,
As the queen’s bard oft tuned a festive lay,
While soft-eyed maidens dance and cymbals play.

[Footnote 1: “Gab-ri,” mountains.]—[Footnote 2: “A-si,” fox.]—[Footnote 3: “Sam-kha-tu” (“Joy”), one of the maids of Ishtar.]

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SOURCE: Babylonian and Assyrian Literature, Alcove 1,Tablet 2, Column 4 (1901); Translated by Leonidas Le Cenci Hamilton, M.A.
CONTRIBUTOR: John Hague